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There are 7 ways to get from Rochester to Columbus by train, night bus, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, night bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Rochester Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the night bus from Cleveland, Oh to Columbus, Oh 4387

$56 - $96

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Bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Rochester, NY to Buffalo, NY 248 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo, NY to Columbus, OH Buffalo

$44 - $121

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Train, bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Rochester Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Cleveland, Oh to Columbus, Oh 1537 / ...

$56 - $96

Train, bus via Cleveland, OH  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Rochester Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Cleveland, OH to Columbus, OH Schedule 21:Cleveland-Chicago

$56 - $81

Drive  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Rochester to Columbus 396.5 miles

$35 - $60

Fly from Rochester  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Rochester (ROC) to Columbus (CMH) ROC - CMH

$193 - $406

Bus to Buffalo, fly  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Rochester, NY to Buffalo Airport (BUF)
  2. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Columbus (CMH) BUF - CMH

$165 - $433

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The cheapest way to get from Rochester to Columbus is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 6 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rochester to Columbus is to fly which costs $190 - $410 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rochester to Columbus. However, there are services departing from Rochester, NY and arriving at Columbus, OH via Buffalo, NY. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 20 min.

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The distance between Rochester and Columbus is 357 miles. The road distance is 396.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Columbus without a car is to train and night bus which takes 8 h 12 min and costs $55 - $100.

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It takes approximately 8 h 12 min to get from Rochester to Columbus, including transfers.

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Rochester to Columbus bus services, operated by Trailways New York, depart from Rochester, NY station.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Columbus is to bus which takes 9 h 20 min and costs $40 - $130. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $410 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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There is no direct flight from Rochester Airport to Columbus Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 21 min and has one stopover.

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Rochester to Columbus bus services, operated by Barons Bus, arrive at Columbus, OH station.

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Map of how to get from Rochester to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 357.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 12 min

What companies run services between Rochester, NY, USA and Columbus, OH, USA?

You can take a bus from Rochester to Columbus via Buffalo, NY in around 9 h 20 min. Alternatively, Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Rochester to Columbus hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Rochester to Columbus via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Columbus via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Rochester Amtrak to Cleveland Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Business Seat
$68
Bedroom
$550 - $590
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Cleveland, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Rochester, Ny to Buffalo, Ny
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Rochester, Ny to Buffalo Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $29
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Cleveland, OH to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Buffalo, NY to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $90
Book at
baronsbus.com
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Rochester, NY to Buffalo, NY
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Rochester, NY to Buffalo Airport (BUF)
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Book at
trailwaysny.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Rochester to Columbus is 397 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 44 min to drive from Rochester to Columbus.

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Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Rochester Airport to Columbus Airport.

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There are 241+ hotels available in Columbus. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Rochester Airport is to line 6 bus which takes 19 min and costs $1.

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